A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with blue sunburst dial and date

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1680
    Movement No: D981’741
    Case No: 2’821’891
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex introduced the reference 1680 in 1966 as the first Submariner to feature a date window and the first Rolex dive wristwatch to be offered in 18k yellow gold. It would be approximately 10 years before the Royal Oak and the Nautilus were produced with gold cases. The present model is a lovely combination of 18k gold and blue sunburst dial, and it has a more formal appeal compared to its stainless steel contemporaries. The dial is immaculate and has a nice finish with raised gold luminous markers. The reference 1680 is one of the most desirable watches, and the gold example makes a nice addition to a collection of sports watches.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1680
A rare and attractive yellow gold wristwatch with blue sunburst dial and date

勞力士,「Submariner」型號1680 ,18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配藍色錶盤,約1971年製。

Circa 1971
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 160,000 
€13,200-17,600
$15,400-20,500

sold for HK$200,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018